JNT Dialogue 2018: "Environmental Futures: Urban Futures, Multi-Species Justice, and the Impact of Anthropocene Thinking on Narrative--Science Fiction, Environmental Nonfiction, and Documentaries"

March 8, 2018
Student Center Auditorium
Eastern Michigan University
6:30 pm

Featuring Ursula Heise and Rob Nixon


Ursula Heise is Professor of English at UCLA and faculty member of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES). She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and was President of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) in 2011. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary environmental culture, literature and art in the Americas, Western Europe and Japan; theories of globalization; literature and science; and the digital humanities. Her books include Chronoschisms: Time, Narrative, and Postmodernism (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global (Oxford University Press, 2008), Nach der Natur: Das Artensterben und die moderne Kultur [After Nature: Species Extinction and Modern Culture] (Suhrkamp, 2010), and Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species (University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Rob Nixon is the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in the Humanities and the Environment at Princeton University. He is affiliated with the Princeton Environmental Institute’s initiative in the environmental humanities. Before joining Princeton in 2015, Nixon held the Rachel Carson Professorship in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was active in the Center for Culture, History and Environment. He is the author of four books: London Calling: V.S. Naipaul, Postcolonial Mandarin (Oxford); Homelands, Harlem and Hollywood: South African Culture and the World Beyond (Routledge); Dreambirds: The Natural History of a Fantasy (Picador); and Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Harvard), which was selected by Choice as an outstanding book of 2011.

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Join us on Thursday, March 8 from 4:30 to 6:00pm in Room 300 of the EMU Student Center for light refreshments and an informal conversation with our featured speakers.

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Previous JNT Dialogue events include:

2017 - "Temporalities of Crisis and Condition" with speakers Lisa Lowe and Mimi Thi Nguyen

2016 - Homi K. Bhabha and Claudia Rankine

2015 - "After Post-Structuralism?" with speakers Nancy Armstrong and Jonathon Elmer

2014 - "Thinking Bodies" with speakers Laura Otis and Jay Clayton.

2013 --"The Queer Commons" with speakers José Esteban Muñoz and Samuel Ray Delany, Jr.

2012 -"Nonhumans: Ecology, Ethics, Objects" with speakers Jeffrey J. Cohen and Timothy Morton

2011 - "Failing to be Subjects: On Queerness and Negativity" with speakers Lauren Berlant and Jack Judith Halberstam

2010 - "Globalization Now: Flows and Limits" with speakers Crystal Bartolovich and Paul Smith